Polish bank launches biometric cards

Tech company Thales, FinTech Fiserv and payments giant Mastercard are rolling out biometric cards across Poland, with Bank Pocztowy being the financial institution that will bring futuristic payment and ID cards to their customers, according to a report by The Paypers Tuesday, December 21. .

Bank Pocztowy started issuing the biometric cards on Monday, December 20, saying they offer increased security and are safer for cross-border transactions. Thales developed the fingerprint card, assembled its packaging and supervises the distribution of the cards.

The companies claim that the biometric fingerprint sensor is designed to be more accurate than sensors on mobile devices.

Thales is providing the biometric technology to Mastercard and its partner, Fingerprint Cards, which alluded to the partnership in October, according to The Paypers report. The rollout in Poland joins an announcement earlier this month that companies will provide biometric credit cards in Jordan.

Corporate clients get their first access to Bank Pocztowy’s biometric cards, with small and medium-sized businesses taking advantage of their chance in January 2022.

Related: Biometric identity tools to play a key role in solving the COVID-19 public health puzzle

Meanwhile, Jumio is producing vaccine passports that he says will help governments around the world contain the continued spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, even as the omicron variant continues to infect more people.

“In order for life to return to normal and to do so in a safe manner, it is essential that we have as many vaccines as possible,” Bala Kumar, Jumio’s product manager, told PYMNTS in a recent interview. “Therefore, having proof of vaccination will also be essential for people in the short term. I don’t see a way in the next 12-18 months where life can go on without proof of vaccination. “

Read also : Polish anti-competitive watchdog investigates changes to Apple’s privacy settings

Last week, the Polish Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) launched an investigation into the change in privacy and personal data rules on Apple devices.

The anti-competition watchdog said in a Dec. 13 statement that the change under consideration relates to the Application Tracking Transparency Policy (ATT) which requires app developers to ask iPhone users the permission to track their activity for ad targeting.



On:More than half of American consumers think biometric authentication methods are faster, more convenient, and more reliable than passwords or PINs, so why are less than 10% using them? PYMNTS, working with Mitek, surveyed over 2,200 consumers to better define this perception gap in usage and identify ways in which businesses can increase usage.

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